Tom SPENCER
Rank: Private
Number: 13720
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 15 July 1916
Age: 19
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Somme, France

Tom had been born in the Brinksway area of Stockport and, when he enlisted in the town, the family home was at 7 Hunt Street. His father was Matthew Spencer. It appears, from the 1901 Census, that the family may have moved away from the town as no trace of Matthew of Tom can be found.

Tom must have returned to Stockport as he enlisted into the army in the town in September 1914. Tom was seriously wounded in fighting described here. He would have received immediate treatment from the Battalion's medical officer, just behind the front line. He would then have been moved to the rear quite quickly. He was further evacuated, probably by train, to the Casualty Clearing Station at Heilly, several miles away. This was a large tented hospital where doctors would decide if a wounded soldier could be saved by surgery.

   
           
   
     
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